Many conservatives are finding it difficult to pick a presidential candidate. Each of the men running for the Republican nomination has strengths, and none has everything — all the traits, all the positions — we are looking for. Equally conservative analysts can reach, and have reached, different judgments in this matter. There are fine conservatives supporting each of these Republicans.You can read the rest of the article, which is quite enlightening, by clicking on the link above.
Our guiding principle has always been to select the most conservative viable candidate. In our judgment, that candidate is Mitt Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts. Unlike some other candidates in the race, Romney is a full-spectrum conservative: a supporter of free-market economics and limited government, moral causes such as the right to life and the preservation of marriage, and a foreign policy based on the national interest. While he has not talked much about the importance of resisting ethnic balkanization — none of the major candidates has — he supports enforcing the immigration laws and opposes amnesty. Those are important steps in the right direction. (National Review: Romney for President)
In addition, Catholic philosopher, Michael Novak, has endorsed him:
National Review beat me to it, alas, but I have been deciding to come out publicly for Mitt Romney for days now. I have been privately supporting him for weeks, though I was trying avoid supporting anyone publicly.The incredibly vicious attacks by one individual, who thankfully I cannot recall the name of this incredibly ignorant man, on MSNBC yesterday were yet one more example of ignorance, fostered with hate, exploding into such vitriol it was shocking to see.
But the attacks on Romney's religion are the last straw. They are just not fair. I remember his father's campaigns and what an upright man he was - and no one even breathed a word against him because of his religion.
In addition, every one of the Mormons I have ever worked with ... have been the most well-mannered, inquisitive, competent, kind and thoughtful people I know. Arch Madsen of Bonneville Broadcasting, with whom I served on the Board of International Broadcast for many years, Joe Cannon who was on the AEI Board, Senator Orrin Hatch, and a long list of others always lifted my spirits. One of my favorite texts from the New Testament is 'By their fruits you shall know them.' ... Over two public generations now, the Romney family has given us examples of upright, decent, warm lives, given to public commitment even though they did not have to be. Read More -- ~Michael Novak
Why, may I ask, is it okay to attack Mormons? Don't we have a "freedom of religion" clause in the Constitution of the United States of America? Why, yes we do! Again, as I have mentioned before and Novak mentions in his column above "By their fruits ye shall know them . . . (Matthew 7:16,20). Take a look people, please! Where have you ever seen any of the leaders of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints attacking another religion? You don't. When have you ever seen a Mormon leader pound the pulpit and demand that all other religions are cults and evil? Never. (Okay, there may be one loner out there somewhere indulging in this type of unacceptable behavior, but I assure, his or her days as a Mormon leader would be numbered if that were true.) How often have we seen, since Mitt Romney announced his candidacy, attack after attack on the Mormon faith? Yeah --- shocking, isn't it?
I'm thoroughly disgusted by the whole attack on our religion and our beliefs. I went to MSNBC to find mention of that show and couldn't. I typed in Pat Buchanan's, because I recognized him, name and found way too much, but again nothing of what I saw on the news last night. I went to that television station's website, couldn't find mention of it either. So I can't find the poor misguided, and extremely angry man's name. I'd really like to identify him. But let me just say, snap out of it you bozo! He attacked Mitt Romney. He attacked Mormons. He attacked our beliefs. He defamed and attacked Joseph Smith, Jr. And all for what, because a man, who happens to be Mormon, is running for office. What, did somebody steal his candy when he was little and he's still holding a grudge? Sheesh, man . . . get a life and leave us alone.
We believe in God. We believe in the Bible. We believe in "loving thy neighbor," oh yeah, mister, that's a big one. We believe in honoring our parents. We believe in all that is virtuous, lovely and of good report (I'm quoting the Apostle Paul, in case you aren't familiar with those words, sir.) In fact, if you really want to know what we believe, hit the website www.mormon.org and learn more than insinuation and outright lies.
What I do like . . . the response the reputable media has had to these types of attacks. Matt Lauer did a great interview with Romney in regards to presidential candidate, Mike Huckabee's, comments on our faith being a cult or a religion. Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh and Glenn Beck have all made their opinions on these types of attacks known. The National Review and Michael Novak, along with numbers of other good solid Americans and American organizations understand that Mitt is actually an excellent candidate for the presidency based on his stance on the issues, his record and his abilities as a businessman and politician, although I'd like to call him a statesman.
This is America, people. We don't believe in voting someone into the highest office in the land because of their religion. That is precisely what the founding fathers were trying to avoid. In case you're wondering why they were so adamant about that, take a little tour through European history. We look at the character of the man or woman. We check their stance on the issues. We check their records. We check their public and private statements. We check their abilities. We see how they match up with what we believe in every one of those areas. We don't vote the President of the United States of America into office because he is a Mormon, Baptist, Methodist, Protestant, Catholic, Hindu, Muslim or the thousands of other religions which exist . . . period! Other Mormons have run for this office that I did not support. But I'm supporting Mitt Romney, right down to the wire!
Okay, I opine too long. Hah, Bill O'Reilly has given that word a whole new lease on life. I see it everywhere these days.
Have a wonderful day everyone, I've got to get back to work. Merry Christmas to one and all -- and remember, by their fruits ye shall know them . . . look at the fruit people.
I will make this offer to every single person in the world today, post a question about the Mormon faith here and I will answer it. But don't bother to drop by and attack my beliefs. I won't give your comment the light of day. If you really want to know about our doctrine, I'll answer it, truthfully and honestly. But the anti-Mormons which are abounding in the world today can just take a jump off a high cliff. I know, I know . . . "love your neighbor." I'll mentally tattoo it on my forehead this morning . . . I must be nice. I must be nice. I must be nice. Comes with being a disciple of Jesus Christ, you know.
Huh, I'm not mad anymore. Cool.
Music soothes the savage beast, right? How about a little Mormon Tabernacle Choir singing "Ere You Left Your Room This Morning." Yeah, that's a good way to finish this off.
Found him! "On Dec. 7, Lawrence O'Donnell, a panelist on "The McLaughlin Group," said Romney didn't take advantage in his speech of the "opportunity to distance himself from the evils of his religion," calling the faith "racist" and "ridiculous." I'd post his entire diatribe, but he's not worth it. Did he really say, "I'm not a Mormon but I play one on t.v.?" Yeah, he did. What a moron. Sorry - couldn't resist. I think I'd like McDreamy to perform brain surgery on me, because, you know, he plays a brain surgeon on television . . . should be good, right?
In response to his "racist" attack, I would invite you to visit the website: http://www.blacklds.org/.